Windsor FFA Chapter members bring home awards from state convention
June 27, 2017
State FFA Convention awards
The Windsor FFA Chapter recently wrapped up a successful State FFA Convention in Pueblo from June 13-15, according to a news release from the Windsor FFA.
Awards received by Windsor FFA members are as follows:
» Brianna McBride was named the 2017-2018 Colorado FFA State Treasurer.
» The Parliamentary Procedure Team is the State Champion team. Team members include: Brianna McBride, Rachel Wildman, Britney Robertson, Brett Freitag, Adalyn Vergara, Kaitlyn Carson and Alexander Enriquez. They will represent Colorado at the National FFA Convention and Parliamentary Procedure Competition in October in Indianapolis, Ind.
» Kaitlyn Carson is the state winner in Extemporaneous Speaking, and will represent Colorado FFA at the National FFA Convention and Extemporaneous Speaking Contest in October in Indianapolis, Ind.
» Brianna McBride is the state winner in Agricultural Education, a proficiency award. She will represent Colorado FFA at the National FFA Convention and Proficiency Award Program in October in Indianapolis, Ind.
» Alex Rizzuto is the winner of the Creed Speaking Silver Award.
» Kaitlyn Carson, the state winner of the Agriscience Fair, will represent Colorado FFA at the National FFA Convention and Agriscience Fair Contest in October in Indianapolis, Ind.
» Matthew Slade, Cassie Laubach, Brett Freitag, Leslie Wagner, Alexander Enriquez and Mary Woods received their State FFA Degrees at the 2017 State FFA Convention.
» The Windsor FFA Chapter was named as a Top 10 FFA Chapter in the State of Colorado.
» Brianna McBride is the winner of the $1,500 Monsanto America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders Scholarship.
When an announcer at the State FFA Convention in Pueblo pronounced "Windsor" wrong, Kaitlyn Carson and her teammates hesitated.
"We didn't want to get excited if it wasn't us," she said.
But when none of the other final Parliamentary Procedure teams moved, they knew what the announcer meant.
"Of course we screamed and jumped up and down," Carson said.
“We’ve been fortunate enough to have success in the past, but nothing quite like this.”Jarrod BessireWindsor FFA Advisor
Carson and team members won the Parliamentary Procedure State Championships, a competition Windsor FFA Advisor Jarrod Bessire said is highly competitive.
Not only are they the state champions, but overall Windsor FFA members came home with even more awards than usual.
"This year was exceptionally good," Bassire said. "We've been fortunate enough to have success in the past, but nothing quite like this."
According to national FFA guidelines, "The purpose of the parliamentary procedure leadership development event is to encourage students to learn to effectively participate in a business meeting and to assist in the development of their leadership, research, problem solving skills and critical thinking skills."
To Carson and the other Windsor High School seniors who were on the Parliamentary Procedure team, the championship means more than the plaque they were awarded, it also means they get to wear their blue FFA jackets one more time, Carson said, representing Windsor at the national competition in October.
One reason for the team's success, she said, was the amount of time the team members had spent together. All the members were on the team for three years, which meant they worked together through two or three hour-long lunch meetings per week the first year, with the addition of weekend meetings last year.
This year the team added individual work, because each team member's test scores affects the team's placement. But Carson said teamwork was one of the biggest lessons she learned from the competition, and friendship one of the biggest gains, because of the amount of time and energy they spent together.
Carson said she saw she and her team members grown in confidence throughout their FFA experiences.
"Knowledge is an empowering thing," she said.
Carson, who also won the Agriscience Fair and Extemporaneous Speaking, said the Parliamentary Procedure competition gave her skills that she will take with her to Colorado State University next year where she hopes to study agriculture.
"It's one of the best things I've done in high school," she said.